Sabotaging the heavy-water
plant would certainly present difficulties, but there were other German facilities that could produce heavy water.
"The disadvantages of heavy-water
reactors strongly outweigh the advantages," he said.
The plant will produce pellets of uranium oxide to fuel the heavy-water
research reactor, which is scheduled to be completed in 2009 or 2010.
Iran's Foreign Ministry yesterday insisted their newly-opened heavy-water
production plant was a peaceful project and not associated with Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.
The existence of this site increases suspicions that Iran may be building a heavy-water
The high-resolution FAS photos of land around the Khushab plutonium production reactor in central Pakistan includes an array of towers that scientists say are characteristic of heavy-water
Slamming salvos of minuscule heavy-water
cannonballs into a thumbnail-sized target containing heavy hydrogen produces micro-thermonuclear reactions in which some of the colliding atoms fuse, report scientists at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y.
As part of the deal announced last July, Iran agreed to redesign its heavy-water
reactor and to limit its stockpile for 15 years.
The Islamic Republic has said that the 40-megawatt, heavy-water
plant is aimed at producing isotopes for cancer and other medical treatments, and has denied that any of its nuclear activity is geared to developing weapons.
DUBAI (Reuters) -- Six world powers will help Iran redesign its Arak heavy-water
reactor so that it cannot produce weapons-grade plutonium, according to a document released by the state news agency IRNA Saturday.
Salehi said on Saturday that "the function and nature of the Arak Heavy-Water
Reactor-will remain unchanged as a heavy water facility".
production plant in central Iran has gone into operation, which Western countries fear could eventually be used to produce a nuclear weapon, media reports said Saturday.
The electrical energy splits the heavy-water
molecules into their atomic constituents.